Friday March 19, 2021
EMA decision “check”
Denmark is sticking to the Astrazeneca stop
After the EMA recommended that the Astrazeneca vaccine should continue to be used, Germany is resuming vaccinations. Not so in Denmark: Here you want to check the decision of the authority yourself. For this purpose, the blood clot cases that have occurred there are thoroughly examined.
Despite the green light from the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Denmark does not want to use Astrazeneca’s corona vaccine again for the time being. First of all, the decision of the EMA “and its impact on the Danish vaccination program” should be examined, said the head of the health authority, Soren Brostrom. The EMA had assessed the vaccine as “safe and effective”, but at the same time it had not ruled out a connection with dangerous blood clots.
In Denmark, ten cases of severe blood clots after Astrazeneca vaccinations are currently being investigated, including one death. In total, more than 140,000 Danes received the vaccine. The country became the first country in Europe to suspend Astrazeneca vaccinations after reports of the blood clots last week.
Several other countries, including Germany, subsequently issued a vaccination ban. Many of them – including Germany – have now announced that they will resume vaccinations with Astrazeneca following the EMA decision.
After a special meeting on Thursday, the EMA said that the benefits of the vaccine in protecting against Covid-19 disease outweighed “possible risks”. A connection between vaccinations with Astrazeneca and rare but dangerous blood clots in the brain could the authority “not definitively” rule out. The product information for the vaccine is now to be adapted accordingly in order to make patients and doctors aware of the possible dangers.
Further easing decided
In view of the low number of new infections, Denmark has been on the way from a strict lockdown to gradually easing the corona measures for several weeks. The Danes will be able to meet again with up to 10 people in the open air from Monday. The upper limit for organized and outdoor sports, leisure and club activities will then also be raised from 25 to 50 participants, as Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced on Thursday evening after an agreement with the parliamentary parties.
Up to 50 people can now also attend church services in the open air. In addition, there are certain further easing for schools in the region around the capital Copenhagen. Younger students were able to return to their classrooms on February 8th, and most of the retail trade has been open again since the beginning of March. Restaurants, cafés, pubs and fitness studios, on the other hand, will initially be closed until Easter.
The number of new infections in Denmark has fallen sharply since mid-December. At the moment they are roughly on par with Germany’s population. The previous easing of the measures has not caused the Danish numbers to skyrocket again so far.